kuroshiro saidI just got off the phone with my OSO a few minutes ago and he "regretfully" delivered some bad news to me: I'm not "competitive enough" for the program and it would be pointless for them to "string me along" for a year trying to get me in and what not.
I guess it's an easy way out of everything now, but I can't say that I'm not disappointed by this recent bit of news. I guess I'll have to research some other avenues for my future... Guess I'll give the ole PT certification a try next fall...
I used to teach Army Senior ROTC, and was a product of OCS (Officer Candidate School) as an enlisted soldier myself. You can't normally attend college ROTC because you already have a bachelor's degree. Plus your age is getting close to the statutory limit.
Direct commissions can be granted for certain professional fields when the services have a need for them, for holders of a JD, MD, and certain other medical specialities, and the different services have other special exceptions based on their unique needs.
I therefore don't see an Officer's commission in your future, whether in the Marines or other services. And I think enlisting would be a waste of your talent.
I can't guess why your OSO said you weren't competitive enough. Did you take a battery of tests with them? How was your college GPA? What is your degree? These are all factors they take into consideration. In the ROTC screening process we called it the "whole person concept." We might overlook weak school grades, if the applicant was active in something on the order of 10 community activities. That spelled "leadership potential" to us.
You could have a perfect 4.0 GPA, but if it's in English, they may be looking for the hard sciences at the moment. I dunno, the criteria is always a moving target, based on changing service needs.
So don't take it too personally. It's like when you go to a gay club, and you're the most handsome guy there. But another guy turns you down, because all he wants is a middle-aged, hairy bear daddy, the last thing you are. So it is with the US military - their needs can be very narrowly defined at any given time.
So that you haven't personally failed, you just don't match what they want today. Now make your alternate plans.